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‘Being healthy isn’t the sum total of hours spent in the gym and kale consumed’

Updated: Apr 9, 2021

Today is World Health Day, and a perfectly apt time, therefore, to look at this much-idealised idea of ‘healthy’, and what it actually means, in real life.

It’s all too easy to think, scrolling though social media, that being healthy is the sum total of hours spent in the gym and kale consumed.

Far from being true to life, however, this idealised belief is upping the incidence of ‘grass is greener syndrome’ when it comes to health.

For anyone who’s ever found themselves thinking they should feel or look healthier than what they do, this idea might well resonate.

Thanks to hypothetical health, we’re all mentally “what if-ing” our way out of taking stock of the energy, vitality and wellness that’s already at our fingertips.

It’s an easy trap to fall into, but of all the obstacles to good health... ‘grass is greener syndrome’ is perhaps one of the most easily rectified.

Granted, there are times when it CAN be a force for good by flagging up areas for improvement, but much of the time...the perpetual dissatisfaction of ‘grass is greener syndrome’ outweighs the advantages of always striving for more.

This in mind, and for the purpose of THIS particular World Health Day message, we’d be inclined to think that ‘healthy’ is what we get when we turn the energy, wellness and vitality that we have...into enough.

💬’Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side because it’s fake!’

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